Speed (1936)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  8 May 1936 (USA)
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Terry is the chief car tester for Emery Motors and Frank is an Engineer. Jane has just been hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry both want Jane to be their girl. Terry has designed a... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Terry Martin
Jane Mitchell, an alias if Jane Emery
Una Merkel ...
Josephine 'Jo' Sanderson
Weldon Heyburn ...
Frank Lawson
Ted Healy ...
Clarence Maxmillian 'Gadget' Haggerty
Mr. Dean
Patricia Wilder ...
Fanny Lane, a Secretary


Terry is the chief car tester for Emery Motors and Frank is an Engineer. Jane has just been hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry both want Jane to be their girl. Terry has designed a new carburetor that should bring him fame and money, but he cannot get it to work correctly. Terry and Gadget have tested it for over a year, but it still is not perfected. Emery Motors assigns Frank to help Terry with the carburetor, but Terry is not happy because Frank is an Engineer and is also vying for Jane. They finish the carburetor, and to test it, they enter a car in the Indianapolis 500 race. Terry is not yet satisfied with the carburetor before the big race even though it has passed all the tests. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Romance at 300 Miles an Hour ! See more »


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Release Date:

8 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La prueba suprema  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Archive footage of an actual Indianapolis 500 race is included in the movie. See more »


The new 1936 cars produced by the fictional Emery Motors Co. are seen coming down the assembly line with large 'Plymouth' placards in the rear door windows. See more »


Frank Lawson: Here you are, lady. I hope its what you want.
Josephine 'Jo' Sanderson: Oh, I'm sure it will be Frank. You've never let me down yet.
Frank Lawson: Thanks Jo. I mean, dog gone it, now that you've been made Office Manager, it seems I should call you Miss Sanderson.
Josephine 'Jo' Sanderson: Yes. A lot of things have changed since I became an executive. I wonder if its worthwhile, if any woman should climb too high.
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Pop! Goes the Weasel
Traditional 17th century English song
Played and sung by the band at the barn dance for dance music
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Early Stewart, Wrong Technology...
20 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After some minor, but impressive roles James Stewart was handed the lead in SPEED (1936). A typical 'B' programmer that the Major Studios used for actors to work the 'kinks' out before they were moved on to major projects. In this one Stewart plays TERRY MARTIN a talented test driver and inventor from the wrong side of the tracks. That means he is loaded down with all sorts of class warfare hang-ups that was supposed to endear him to the mid 1930s audiences. Actually in the 21st Century he just comes off as a ASS!

MARTIN is working on a new SUPER CARBERATOR with his side-kick 'Gadget' Haggerty (Ted Healy). He duels for creative control with Frank Lawson (Weldon Heyburn) educated engineer and top intellect of the company and also for the romantic interest of Jane Mitchell/Emery (Wendy Barrie). 'Jo' Henderson (Una Merkel) wants Lawson, but just does not know how to go about it. Fear not, true love will conquer in the end and automotive innovation, money and success will follow, with a happy ending.

The idea of a engineering miracle invention like the SUPER CARBERATOR was a typical one in the 1930s. Whether for Automobiles or Aero-Planes it promised a revolution in performance. Either by stretching a gallon of gas to a 100 miles or promising speeds (in the air) in excess of 500mph. The movies though were on the wrong track. In Germany and Sweden, fuel injection was shown as the way to go, not carburetors. Don't think so, just look under the hood of your Car!

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